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Los Niños Early Childhood Montessori School
Houston, Texas, USA

“We are thankful for the Brown Foundation and HOK’s extraordinary generosity. Parents, children, staff and visitors have shared their expressions of delight and awe at the transformation.”

Maritza Guerrero
President and CEO, CFC

Supported by a grant from the Brown Foundation, HOK’s Houston office worked with Community Family Centers to complete a 6,800-sq.-ft. renovation of the preschool’s new learning spaces. 

Community Family Centers (CFC) is a nonprofit that offers bilingual services to families in Houston. The agency’s Los Niños Early Childhood Montessori Program makes early childhood education more affordable for inner-city families. HOK donated architectural and interior design services and led the fit out of the new space.

The program is now conveniently housed on the first floor of CFC’s main building and features a private entrance with a drive-through to accommodate child drop-offs and pick-ups. The new preschool has a dedicated parking area, four classrooms, a work area for instructors, a well-equipped kitchen, a dining room and a fenced-in playground.

“This project will have a significant impact on the community because it allows the Los Niños program to prepare more preschoolers for success in school,” said Bill Malone, CFC board member. “By moving the school to CFC’s main building, parents have easier access to the organization’s adult education, literacy and health services as they transition to self-sufficiency.”

HOK held an office-wide competition to design a floor-to-ceiling mural spanning two walls in the classroom. Twelve volunteers spent many hours creating the winning garden concept mural using bright paint colors to inspire the young students.


6,800 sq. ft. / 630 sq. m.


Facility Planning
Interior Design


Hours donated


1 April 2015
“HOK Donates Services to Preschool”